Troisi, who was a star in Italy, hasn't been seen widely in the United States, and from this film it is difficult to be certain how he achieved his fame.
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Pic's potentially inspiring story too often remains grounded by a problematic script and unshapely direction.
The screenplay (which is credited to a small crowd: director Michael Radford, Anna Pavignano, Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli and Troisi) is refreshingly witty and restrained.
A rueful, warmly affecting film featuring a wonderful performance by Mr. Troisi, The Postman would be attention-getting even without the sadness that overshadows it. [14 June 1995, p. C15]
A charming piece of cinema that takes several comfortable formulas and expands upon them in ingenious and emotionally-satisfying ways.
The film's warmth and sympathy are underlined by some intelligence.
The beauty of the film is in its quietness.
The Postman (Il Postino) is slight, but it's tough to imagine anyone not liking it.